Conflict victims complain of injustice in distributing compensation

Published On: July 10, 2018 04:00 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, July 10: Some victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency have complained of injustice in distribution of compensation. Conflict victims in Rolpa district claimed that some genuine victims have been deprived of compensation while others claiming to be victims, even though they are not, have received compensation.

In the last fiscal year, the District Administration Office (DAO), Rolpa, had returned back the amount allocated for compensating the displaced conflict victims citing registration of large number of fake victims.

Just before the end of the current fiscal year, the DAO received Rs 50.05 million for distribution to the victims. A total of 17,082 victims of 341 families in the district have been registered for the relief. However, conflict victims have claimed that many fake victims have been included in the list of beneficiaries at the expense of genuine victims.

We left our village after the local police post was removed. We have been living in the district headquarters Libang since 1998 after the Maoist rebels forced us out and destroyed our house,” said Lal Kumari Rokka. “Unlike us, many people who were not displaced during the war have been listed as eligible for compensation.”

According to her, many people have submitted counterfeit documents to claim the compensation. “People who died while fishing in river and committed suicides are also enlisted as eligible for compensation as their families produced fake documents. However, many victims like us who are actually displaced are not listed,” added Rokka.

Tired of filling forms of complaints at the DAO and the local peace committees, conflict victims have now taken the issue to the elected representatives, political leaders and chief district officer.

“The Maoist captured our house during the conflict and displaced us. They robbed our belongings, butchered our buffalo and ate its meat. But now, when time has come for distributing compensation, our names have not been included,” said Jaya Kumari Budha, another victim.

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